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UK lawmakers pass motion saying China committing genocide

Apr. 22, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers on Thursday approved a parliamentary motion declaring that China's policies against its Uyghur minority population in the far western Xinjiang region amounted to genocide and crimes against humanity. The motion is non-binding and does not...

The Latest: Virus harms during pregnancy detailed in study

Apr. 22, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

A multi-country study suggests pregnant women who get COVID-19 have higher risks for death, intensive-care stays, preterm birth and other complications. Pregnancy causes various changes in the body that may make women vulnerable to harm from the coronavirus. Pregnant...

Barcelona maintains support of Super League despite backlash

Apr. 22, 2021 12:15 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The ill-fated Super League has enraged fans and troubled authorities while making allies of a pair of soccer's fiercest nemeses. After 10 of the 12 clubs involved in the creation of the breakaway competition quickly dropped out under an...

Inventive books make final 6 for International Booker Prize

Apr. 22, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Books from Europe and Latin America that blur the boundaries of fiction, history and memoir are the final six contenders for the 50,000 pound ($69,000) International Booker Prize. The shortlist for the literary award, announced Thursday, includes “The...

Proposals aim to end Church of England inaction over racism

Apr. 22, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A report aiming to tackle racism in the Church of England has recommended dozens of proposals to end decades of inaction, including the requirement that at least one ethnic minority candidate be included in shortlists for senior clergy roles. The...

Jaguar Land Rover halts production because of chip shortage

Apr. 22, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Jaguar Land Rover said Thursday it's suspending production at two U.K. factories, becoming the latest automaker to fall victim to a global shortage of microchips. “Like other automotive manufacturers, we are currently experiencing some COVID-19 supply...

UK apologizes for racism in memorials to WWI dead

Apr. 22, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British authorities apologized Thursday after an investigation found that at least 161,000 mostly African and Indian military service personnel who died during World War I weren’t properly honored due to “pervasive racism.” It said that number could possibly range up to...

Japan raises emissions reduction target to 46% by 2030

Apr. 22, 2021 08:59 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister announced on Thursday an ambitious new target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, hours before he was to join a virtual climate summit hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Japan will strive by 2030...

Climate activists shatter windows at HSBC London building

Apr. 22, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Climate change activists have vandalized HSBC’s London headquarters, smashing windows in a protest against the bank’s alleged links to the fossil fuel industry. Nine women from the Extinction Rebellion activist group and political party Burning Pink...

'We're buzzing!' Brit Awards to welcome back music fans

Apr. 22, 2021 07:24 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British music's leading prize night next month will feature an audience of 4,000 people, in what will be the first major indoor music event in the country to welcome back a live audience since the coronavirus pandemic erupted more than a year ago. The Brit...